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Police Officer Shot Dead by Murder Suspect During Standoff

22 February 2018, 12:40 | Maryann Sutton

Mobile Police Officer Shot & Killed

Police responded to Crawford Lane in Mobile Ala. after an officer was shot

Officer Justin Billa, a former officer of the month, was fatally injured in the city of Mobile, after trying to detain a man wanted in connection with a murder.

AL.com reports Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa was shot Tuesday night at the home of Robert Hollie on Avondale Court and Crawford Lane.

After placing the lifeless body of Fonda Poellnitz in the gutter about 100 feet from where it's believed he killed her, Hollie fled the scene in the same vehicle that had taken the couple to church earlier in the evening.

"Officer Billa made the ultimate sacrifice for our community", said Chief Battiste.

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Billa and a group of other officers in the SWAT team were trying to establish a perimeter around a home in the Toulminville neighborhood associated with Hollie, the victim's ex-husband when the incident happened, New York Daily News reported. As he was establishing a police cordon, he was struck by a bullet fired by Hollie, who had barricaded himself inside the property.

Billa leaves behind a wife and a 1-year-old son. According to her daughter, Poellnitz was beaten and shot by Robert Hollie after the two attended choir practice. He was taken to University of South Alabama Medical Center after being shot around 10 p.m., and he died at the hospital about 3 a.m.

"We need to go back to helping people instead of just taking them to jail and creating bigger problems", he said. "That's my ideal of good policing and I feel like that's what the chief is working towards". He also said that police departments across the state and country had been in touch to offer condolences.

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